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  • 2nd May 2006

    Students join global fight for gay equality

    Students will hear about the discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across Europe at a special event

    12:00 AM — Students will hear about the discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across Europe at a special event tomorrow organised by the National Union of Students UK (NUS UK).The One World event, supported by Amnesty International, will take place at the University of Manchester Students' Union. Speakers from various European countries will discuss their own personal experiences of prejudice and discrimination and the steps they are taking to combat this. Students will also view footage of Pride events that have taken place in Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.

  • Human rights group protest Russian gay abuse

    Homophobic protesters hurled eggs and bottles at a gay club in Moscow forcing it to cancel what was billed as the city's largest gay and lesbian party yesterday

    12:00 AM — The attack by neo-fascists and religionists on a gay gathering at a Moscow nightclub has been condemned by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA).GALHA has written to the Russian Ambassador in London, Yury Fedotov, to complain about this incident and the increasing persecution of gay people in Russia.

  • Jamaica hits back at critics of homophobia 7

    Buju Banton has been criticised for homophobic lyrics in his songs

    12:00 AM — Jamaican academics have hit back at claims that rap and reggae music have incited violence and homophobia towards gay people in the Caribbean.International Development Minister, Gareth Thomas, blamed the music genre for sparking homophobic abuse, on a visit to the country last week, but some Jamaicans are suggesting the cause is from Britain.

  • Second gay porn soldier jailed

    The military-themed Web site did not make any direct reference to the division or Fort Bragg, a sprawling post about 70 miles south of Raleigh

    12:00 AM — A second paratrooper has pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual acts on a gay porn websitePrivate Kagen Mullen will be sentenced to three months in jail and an army discharge, after admitting having sex for $7,500.The married father of one had charges of pandering, sodomy and adultery dropped as part of a plea deal.

  • Legal rights group sides with homophobes

    The Westboro Baptist church who run a website called GodHatesFags have protested at over 100 funerals of soldiers killed in the line of duty in Iraq

    12:00 AM — A legal group, usually on the side of gay rights, is defending a church group which protests at military funerals claiming the deaths are punishment for US gay policy.The American Civil Liberties Union, which often supports gay marriage and adoption cases, argues that the law in Kentucky which limits funeral protests inhibits the Westboro Baptist Church's freedom of speech.

  • Gay ministers become Britain’s first married clergy 2

    The Portsmouth based ministers  met on the internet

    12:00 AM — A gay couple have become the first clergymen to have a civil partnership in Britain.Paul and Brizz Miles-Knight, a layman and a priest, had a ceremony on the bank holiday weekend, with the backing of the United Episcopal Church, set up for those who have lost faith with Roman Catholicism and Anglicanism.

  • Anti-gay boycott hurts Ford sales 2

    The manufacturer, along with other car companies, is sponsoring a children's section of gay group, The Triangle Foundation's Motor City Pride

    12:00 AM — Sales of Ford cars have been hurt by on off protests by a Christian group, according to dealers.In its latest campaign, the American Family Association (AFA) is calling for a boycott of the carmaker because of its support of a gay pride event in Detroit.

  • 1st May 2006

    Boyzone star suffers homophobic abuse 2

    Former Boyzone star Stephen Gately says that he has suffered homophobic attacks in Canterbury

    12:00 AM — Former Boyzone star Stephen Gately says that he has suffered homophobic attacks in Canterbury, Kent.The 30-year-old gay star who married his partner Andy Cowles in a civil partnership ceremony is currently staring in a stage version of the Wizard Of Oz at Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre.Gately said: "Canterbury is beautiful and I loved it."

  • Australian Big Brother star was victim of homophobic attack

    David Graham came out as gay last week.

    12:00 AM — It has emerged that a star in the Australian Big Brother who outed himself last week live on the reality television series was beaten unconscious in an alleged homophobic attack earlier this year.The 26-year-old model, David Graham, who came out as gay last week is the early favourite two win the sixth series of the Australian version of the hit tv show.He was brutally beaten by a gang of five men and left for dead in a pool of his own during the early hours of 22nd January.

  • Moscow gay club night cancelled following attack

    The club in the Russian capital was attacked

    12:00 AM — Homophobic protesters hurling eggs and bottles have forced a gay club in Moscow to cancel what was billed as the city's largest gay and lesbian party.Police were forced to intervene when at least 100 skinheads, fascists nationalists and elderly Christian fundamentalists clutching Orthodox icons descended on the club at 10pm (6pm GMT) last night.

  • 29th April 2006

    Police forced to intervene in Polish gay rights march

    Over a thousand marchers protested with placards urging the public to “Stop homophobia“

    12:00 AM — Riot police have been forced to intervene in a march for gay tolerance held in the Polish city of Krakow after counter demonstrations from members of far-right youth groups.Police officers reported that several arrests have taken place after members of the rightwing All Poland Youth Group threw stones and eggs at the participants of march for tolerance.

  • 28th April 2006

    Senior gay police officer claims he may be forced to quit post 1

    Brian Paddick is the most senior gay police officer in Britain

    12:00 AM — Brian Paddick, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Britain's most senior gay police officer has said that he maybe forced to quit the force by the end of the year.The Pandora column in the Independent claimed that whilst attending a fund-raising party for Stonewall, Mr Paddick told guests that he had fallen out with the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Ian Blair.

  • Gay porn case soldier sentenced 1

    The military-themed Web site did not make any direct reference to the division or Fort Bragg, a sprawling post about 70 miles south of Raleigh

    12:00 AM — An Army paratrooper has pleaded guilty to partaking in sexual activities featured on a gay porn site.Richard T. Ashley, one of seven members of the 82nd Airborne Division accused of sodomy (which is still illegal in the American army), pandering and engaging in sexual acts for payment, was sentenced to 90 days in prison and was demoted to a private.

  • Gay couples may owe thousands in tax

    The body claims warnings from HM Revenue and Customs were overlooked in the excitement of the new Civil Partnership rules

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveUnmarried same sex couples may owe the taxman £1,600, according to the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).When gay and lesbian couples were granted civil partnership rights in 2005, the law also stated that even those couples who do not have a ceremony would be treated as a unit for tax credits.

  • Parliament opens gay adoption inquiry

    Under the current law, individuals can adopt, but not same sex partners

    12:00 AM — Gay and Lesbian couples in New South Wales (NSW) may be given adoption rights after an inquiry was launched into the legislation this week.Under the current law, individuals can adopt, but not same sex partners, similar to bans in Western Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, which have all been lifted in the last five years.

  • Care assistant tells tribunal he was sacked for being gay

    The case was heard by an employment tribunal

    12:00 AM — A care assistant from Blakenhall, Wolverhampton has told an employment tribunal that he was unfairly sacked from caring for the elderly because he is gay.Sean Williams is seeking damages from the Woodhaven residential home where he worked caring for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia. He claims that he was sacked after a years service without his employers carrying out a disciplinary or dismissal procedure.

  • ACT reduce gay marriage plans 1

    The ACT government which includes areas such as the Australian capital, Canberra, expect the new bill to pass and possibly take effect in June

    12:00 AM — The Australian Capital Territory has given in to federal government pressure by removing any reference to marriage in its Civil Unions Bill.ACT leader Jon Stanhope is expected to announce a series of changes to the planned legislation, including a separate civil celebrant register instead of using commonwealth law, and a paragraph stating that it's not a marriage.

  • Half a century of gay progress 1

    The Times newspaper reported on April 28 1954 a committee would be set up “to examine the subject of homosexual offences and the parallel problem of the law relying to prostitution and solicitation“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveToday marks 52 years since the process of decriminalising homosexuality began. PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at over half a century of struggle, despair and adversity.The Times newspaper reported on April 28 1954 a committee would be set up "to examine the subject of homosexual offences and the parallel problem of the law relying to prostitution and solicitation."

  • “God Hates Fags” church continues to make homophobic protests at military funerals 12

    A mother and daughter tell mourners not to pray for the USA

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive FeatureA church in Kansas has continued its protests of funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, claiming that their deaths are punishments from God for homosexuality.The Westboro Baptist church who run a website called GodHatesFags have protested at over 100 funerals of soldiers killed in the line of duty in Iraq. Their campaign is called "Thank God for Improvised Explosive Devices."

  • HIV diagnoses on the rise

    The new figures also indicated that HIV diagnoses reported for the first quarter of 2006 are a fifth higher than those received during the same period in 2005

    12:00 AM — New quarterly figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) have confirmed that the number of reported HIV diagnoses in 2005 currently stands at 6727, and the final figure is expected to rise and exceed that of 2004.Lisa Power, Head of Policy at Terrence Higgins Trust said "From this data it seems the number of people newly diagnosed in 2005 is likely to be higher than the previous year, yet again.

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